Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Moving Divisions


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Moving Divisions

Burt Hedstrom looks for an open pass at Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul on January 6, 2022 where the University of St. Thomas MenÕs Basketball team fell to Oral Roberts with a final score of 81-66.
by Amanda Christovich, Front Office Sports

"This year, 16 NCAA schools are in the process of making the jump from Division II to Division I, FCS to FBS, and even Division III to Division I. That’s about four times more than usual, former NCAA employee and current Briar Cliff professor Stephen Clar told Front Office Sports. 

Half began their transformation journey in the last 12 months. 

Why? For many schools, jumping divisions has always been enticing, Lindenwood athletic director Jason Coomer, who is embarking on his second job at a school that’s reclassifying, told FOS."

>> Court Awareness: "The major benefits of reclassifying don’t come easily, however. Schools can’t even submit an application until they receive a bid from a higher-division conference. Then, they embark on an arduous, multi-year process. The shortest application period — moving from FCS to FBS — takes two years. Going from D-II to D-I takes four. Making the jump from D-III to D-I takes five."

>> Between The Lines: "In the meantime, they’re often spending big on upgrades, like stadiums, while they wait to be eligible for revenue. They may have a more difficult time recruiting given that they’re prohibited from NCAA championship participation during the transition. And the NCAA can halt their progress at any time. Not every school has the capability to make it through this process."

>> What They're Saying: "How can we plan for the future when we don’t know what those mandates are going to be?” Coomer said."

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2.   Empire 8 Expands Postseason

"This year, Empire 8 will expand its postseason tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball to six teams and softball to five teams as voted on by the league’s Athletic Directors and approved by the Empire 8 President’s Council. This year’s limited expansion is the second non-emergent growth in the conference’s 24-year history as a multi-sport conference.

In 2020, the Empire 8 added Keuka College as its ninth member and with the addition of Medaille University for the 2022-23 season, the Empire 8 now consists of 10 full members, its largest in history, leading to postseason expansion.
Postseason season tournaments for the 2022-23 season are expanding for men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, as each sport features the maximum 10 teams competing. Softball will expand to a five-team tournament as nine institutions compete in the sport. Baseball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis will remain as four-team championship tournaments."

>> Quotable: "“While only one team will earn our automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament and we may earn at-large selections, Empire 8 Championships create lifelong memories and serve as the ultimate accomplishment for all competitors," said Commissioner Chuck Mitrano.

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3.   Regional Rankings Released

Here are the preseason editions of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Regional Rankings for the 2022 season, which were released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Regional Rankings are determined subjectively by a single member coach in each respective region. The regional representative is tasked with weighing returning teams’ strength with current season results (if applicable) in determining a rank-order of squad potential. Only USTFCCCA member programs are eligible to receive a ranking."

Here are the top ranked teams in each region. One of these teams will be the national preseason favorite to be released Wednesday.

East: MIT
Great Lakes: Hope
Metro; Swarthmore
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins
Mideast: Williams
Midwest: Wartburg
Niagara: Geneseo
North: UW-La Crosse
South: Lynchburg
West: Claremont-M-S
>> Complete Regional Ranking

East: MIT
Great Lakes; John Carroll
Metro: Haverford
Mid-Atlantic: Carnegie Mellon
Mideast: Williams
Midwest: Wartburg
Niagara: Geneseo
North: UW-La Crosse
South: Lynchburg
West: Pomona-Pitzer

>> Complete Regional Ranking

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    4.   Caltech Connections in Rose Bowl History


    In 2022, the storied Rose Bowl stadium celebrates the Centennial of its 1922 opening. Before the stadium hosted its inaugural New Year's Day match in 1923, the annual competitions were called Tournament East-West football games and took place alongside the first buildings on Caltech's campus.

    Today, Caltech maintains a portion of the historic fields as Tournament Park to commemorate its connection to the early games. Once the Rose Bowl stadium opened, the connection stayed lively: varsity and intramural Beaver games have taken place there along with two legendary Caltech pranks.

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